What is aggravated DUI?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | DUI |

Driving under the influence, otherwise known as DUI, is a serious offense. It happens when someone uses a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

However, when certain factors are present, the charges can escalate to an aggravated DUI.

High blood alcohol concentration

One of the most common factors leading to aggravated DUI charges is a high blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, level at the time of arrest. In many states, a BAC level above the legal limit of 0.08% is proof of impairment.

However, if a driver’s BAC is much higher than the legal limit, they may face aggravated DUI charges. These can come with harsher penalties. Some of these include attendance at alcohol education or treatment programs.

Prior DUI convictions

Repeat DUI offenders are at a higher risk of facing aggravated DUI charges. People with prior DUI convictions on their record may face more penalties after another arrest for DUI. These penalties could include longer license suspensions, mandatory alcohol treatment programs and increased fines or jail time.

Bodily harm or death

If a DUI offense results in bodily harm or death to another person, the charges can escalate to aggravated DUI. This is a very serious offense and can result in significant penalties. Some of them may include long prison sentences.

Suspended or revoked license

Driving under the influence while already having a suspended or revoked license is another factor that can lead to aggravated DUI charges. This often results in harsher penalties, such as hefty fines or lengthy license suspensions or revocations.

Facing aggravated DUI charges may seem overwhelming at first. Therefore, drivers need to understand the factors that can lead to these charges.